On Charlottesville and Abortion Litmus Test
Our hearts are heavy with the recent hateful and racist actions in Charlottesville. This past weekend the new WIN Executive Committee was on a retreat to strategically plan for the 2017-2018 year in Buena Vista, Virginia. In the midst of our training, we learned about the news happening just a short distance away from us and we needed some time to process the events ourselves. The WIN Executive Committee is gravely concerned by the threat perpetrated by white supremacists on communities of color, gender and sexual minorities, the Jewish community, Muslims, and immigrants. We are disgusted by the Trump administration’s lack of condemnation. We know that many of you are angry and still healing from the incidents, but we want you to know that you are supported.
The recent statements by the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), have also caused us alarm about the future of abortion access as a core value in the Democratic platform. The Executive Committee sent a letter to our Congressional Council, which consists of pro-choice, Democratic women members of the U.S. House and Senate, and signed onto NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Statement of Principles. As we continue to face attacks on the right to choose, WIN is prepared to take further actions aligned with our mission and values as an organization.
From the DCCC to Charlottesville and in-between, we are witnessing attacks on our core values and beliefs as pro-choice, Democratic women. WIN remains committed to abortion access and are unwavering in our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We strive to provide safe-spaces for our community and to empower our members with the tools they need for professional development and personal growth.
We encourage our members to take the time to unpack these events and keep personal safety and self-care as a priority. We are all affected by these events differently, but we are united as a community to take action. Below are actions you can take to resist the hate and attacks on our values.
1. Contact your Senators and Representatives. This is the best way to show our representatives what issues we care about. If your representative is a Democrat, encourage them to remain committed to reproductive rights and access to abortion care as a core value of the Democratic platform. Furthermore, if your representatives have yet to denounce white supremacy and bigotry, following the events in Charlottesville, this would be the opportunity to demand they take a stronger stance and stand up against the dangerous ideology.
2. Donate to local groups and progressive organizations fighting against injustice, such as:
- Black Lives Matter DC
- UVA Black Student Alliance
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Color of Change
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund
- DC Abortion Fund
3. Attend events in the DC community:
- WIN Membership Town Hall
- Indivisible Solidarity Events
- Black Lives Matter Open House
- March for Racial Justice
- March Against White Supremacy
4. Sign onto campaigns and petitions:
- This campaign seeks to remove Confederate monuments and symbols
- Demand President Trump fire Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka
- Stop corporate funders of hate groups